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The Enemy of My Enemy

In Yellowstone, where wolves prosper, so do pronghorns

  • Hannah Schardt
  • Jun 01, 2008
IT’S A SURPRISING twist on the predator-prey relationship: Since wolves were reintroduced to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem in 1995, the population of pronghorns has increased by 50 percent. A new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society finds that more than one-third of pronghorn fawns survived their first summer in areas where wolves were abundant; only 10 percent survived where there were none. That’s because wolves force out (and sometimes kill) coyotes, which prey far more voraciously on pronghorn fawns than wolves do.

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